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About AFOLguy1970

  • Birthday 06/01/70

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  1. [MOC] Aquarium

    This is very unique and impressive.....a great idea!
  2. Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Funny thing is that the one I am designing is a corner building. I think I found a way to make one using just that space and the parts count should come in between 2000-3000 parts. The rooms will all be different in some way to avoid the repetitiveness that many hotels have. Another way to save on space would be not to have a full bathroom in each room. I will have something in each, but not necessary a bathtub, toilet, and sink in every room for example. They will all have at least one bed. It will be similar to most other modulars in the sense that things like toilets are few and far between, although there will be one somewhere in the hotel. One could also take the "shared bathroom" approach that is found in many European hotels. That could also help free up some space. Still playing with LDD and once I have that finalized, I will start the long process of saving money and making Bricklink orders. My first completed MOC was actually a courthouse based on one of the counties in Central Texas. This will hopefully be my second building.
  3. Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Definitely do not think it will be Art Deco as they do not repeat the same design from the previous year in the new modular. As for the hotel, it would be nice, but there are some challenges. I am trying to MOC one right now. Of course, you would want a lobby and check in desk at a minimum. Then, you have to squeeze in the guest rooms above that. You also need a way to access the upper level(s) and have a hallway/passage or some way to get to each room, and that will take up valuable space. If you want more guest rooms, they have to be fairly small. 32x32 is not much space when you really think about it. If a hotel gets developed, it will be more of a bed and breakfast with a few rooms than it will be a grand hotel.
  4. illegal lego techniques

    No problem. All Lego prisons have a breakaway wall of some sort. I would not use any of the "illegal" techniques only because my bricks are apparently threatened by climate, ziploc bag plastic reactions, and the occasional light that shines on them.
  5. MOC, Modular Building: Cozy Pub

    Fantastic inside and out! Love the details like the cobblestones, windows, Delft blue tiles, and the bar itself.
  6. Lack of original themes

    I remember that castle. The minifigures were great as were the accessories and horses. The problem was that the castle itself looked like an oversized junior set. There was quite a bit of blue mixed in with the grey that made it unrealistic. I really wanted to like it, but just could not bring myself to buy it. Ended up getting Dragon Mountain instead along with one of the battle packs. The nice thing about castles is that they are relatively easy to MOC if you have a lot of grey parts.
  7. What Causes Lego Bricks to Deteriorate?

    I have a MOC which uses a lot of those white flag parts. Over a few years of having the MOC, I have had a terrible time with this part. Several of the flags became brittle and broke. The MOC is kept at room temperature in a room which does not receive any direct sunlight. In fact, most of the parts were in the MOC's interior and were not even handled. They might have been stressed from being connected to other parts, but I thought that was what they were designed for. As for the plastic bags, I will have to study this more since most of my collection has to remain in storage. There just simply is not enough room to build and display my sets. I definitely need some type of safe long term storage.
  8. [MOC] A Summer In Tuscany

    Those colors work really well! I like all of the telescopes as well. After all, the great Galileo Galilei was from Tuscany. Fabulous MOC.
  9. Fairground Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    If it is a $400 roller coaster, I sure hope most of the build is devoted to the tracks and the planks supporting them. Other than the inclines and turns, I would not mind a loading area for the car, but that is it. A classic amusement roller coaster would be great. Just glad to hear that the pirate coaster is not "the" roller coaster we have been waiting for as the orientation of it reminds me of Joker Manor with just enough track to make a loop and have a small drop or two.
  10. The laboratory of Maria Sklodowska-Curie

    Excellent scene recalling some very important discoveries! The lab looks realistic. Also enjoy the "Easter Eggs" of the two radioactive elements on the periodic table.
  11. LEGO Nexo Knights 2018

    This. A castle theme could work if you had a fantasy/mythological twist to it. If you take a purely Middle Ages approach, then you get about the same results that the last Castle line attempt had, and that is not good. Dragons are very popular as are other creatures. I know I am not the target audience, but with that said, Nexo Knights did not really appeal to my kids nor their friends either. They are more into City/Star Wars/Ninjago, and just designing their own stuff. When you can walk into a Lego aisle the week before Christmas and half of the sets on the shelves are literally Nexo Knights, that might be a clue that they are not overly popular with any group. Probably the best hope AFOLS could have would be to see sets that have the things that appeal to kids (cool minifig characters, creatures, play features, storyline, etc) but have something in the builds which has things we would like too, like the classic castle architectural elements. I would hope for a bit of realism like they did with Helms Deep and avoid primary colors for castles, battlements, and other things.
  12. [MOC] Haunted Mansion

    Very fun MOC, enjoyed guessing the movie scenes.
  13. Lego 10260 Downtown Diner XL MOD

    It works great as a standalone. The one bad side has been eliminated with the mirror building on all three levels. Now that there is ample parking available, it makes much more sense to have servers on skates and limited booth seating. It can truly function as a drive in diner as well with your setup.
  14. Second and Third 2017 LEGO Ideas Review - Guessing Game

    Not surprised here except maybe the fact that they can already confirm a green light for at least one project in the next batch. Of course, I am assuming the frontrunner is the pop up book. Greenlighting it now gives the team a chance to test structural integrity and perhaps tweek the various storyline(s) that would go with it. Pop up book is definitely the labyrinth of this round.
  15. [MOC] Brownstone inspired buildings

    Brownstone Street is amazing! It looks like it took a lot of time to get those many buildings in with that much detail. I especially like the effect with the lights. Also, the reflection on the street gives the appearance that it just rained. It creates an interesting mood for the photo.